Canon intros new pro printer

canon 1000 printerThe 17-inch imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 from Canon is a professional inkjet printer, featuring a new print head, new ink set and a new image processing engine.

Setting it apart from other models and designating a new series of printers, is the distinctive Canon red line across the body of the printer, echoing the same red line on Canon’s EF L-Series lenses.

This new model improves upon the specs of the PIXMA PRO-1 printer, with a 50 percent larger print head, which also expands the total number of nozzles to 18,432 for each of the 12 channels. The increased size of the print head helps produce faster print speeds while still maintaining high-resolution prints.

Canon explains this new print head design utilizes a sophisticated real-time ink ejection system which helps to maintain a consistent print head temperature allowing for consistent ink droplets to help limit clogs and reduce cleaning cycles and wasted ink.

The new print head helps to further reduce the amount of wasted ink through anti-clogging technologies where ink ejection conditions are precisely checked with sensors, and if a clog is detected, another nozzle automatically provides backup.

The new LUCIA PRO 11-colour plus Chroma Optimizer ink system was designed specifically for pro use. An optimized resin-coating of each pigment allows for denser droplets to be applied to the media, resulting in an increased colour gamut of up to 19 percent over the PRO-1. This dense ink-configuration also brings gloss uniformity for viewing conditions and image clarity that helps achieve anti-bronzing.

The LUCIA PRO ink system also introduces an improved level of black density not only achieving deep, rich blacks but also helping to bring out incredibly fine shadow detail in the darker areas, says the company.

The PRO-1000 is designed to work seamlessly when changing media types. Photo Black and Matte Black inks have their own dedicated nozzles so no switching is necessary. Users can print on glossy media then fine art media with no worries, no changes and no waste, says Canon.

The new ink system includes matte black, photo black, gray, photo grey, red, blue, magenta, photo magenta, cyan, photo cyan, yellow, and Chroma Optimizer. The size of the ink tanks is 80 ml per tank.

Canon says the printer offers precise placement of ink droplets ideal for vivid print results. The new processing engine, L-COA PRO, controls the balance of inks and the precise placement of ink droplets, carefully calculating best results for each print mode and media using various factors including colour reproduction, tonal gradations, black density, graininess, glossiness, anti-bronzing, and elimination of metamerism. L-COA PRO, combined with an internal 1 GB of memory, enables high-speed processing of massive volumes of image data.

To bring further accuracy to ink ejection and limitation of colour unevenness, the new printer offers a two-way vacuum paper feeder, which keeps media flat and even, helping with accuracy of ink ejection. The PRO-1000 printer also has a built-in calibration function to help prevent variability of colour output by aging changes or printer differences. Reliability and quality are further maintained by the enhanced rigidity in the printer chassis allowing for even more improved dot placement, helping to produce sharper prints, including stunning borderless images.

Also new is Print Studio Pro v 2.0, a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Canon Digital Photo Professional software that easily exports files directly to the printer. With 16-bit processing capabilities, fine details are dramatically improved, gradations are smooth and a highly accurate reproduction of the original captured image can be reproduced. Also set to be included is the Media Configuration Tool (MCT), enabling customization of the media in both the driver and printer. Additionally, MCT can make adjustments such as print head height and vacuum strength for each media.

Accounting Manager is set to be included for those looking to keep track of consumable costs such as ink and media, allowing users to manually enter in their costs to help determine their overall printing expenses.

Device Management Console is an administrative tool which provides users with the means to manage multiple PRO-1000 printers by helping users monitor activity such as error messages and printer information such as the execution status of calibrations.

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 is scheduled to be available at the end of November for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,599.99. MSRP of each colour ink is $71.99 and Chroma Optimizer is $65.99.

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